Shock and Awe

 In Writer in Residence

Written by: Collette Cottingham; Anontropolis


“I had an affair.” My friend just threw that phrase out as causal conversation. I collapsed on my yoga mat. I didn’t know what to say. My jaw hanging open, said enough.

My jaw hanging open has become a regular occurrence in the last two years. It is actually quite funny. At my age I thought I had heard it all or seen it all. I was wrong!

Just yesterday a man was dancing in the street. He was wearing a bra as knee pads. I looked on in shock. Our society was failing him or was he freely expressing himself?

I am still in shock over having to go into lockdown. It was like I was living in a great fictional novel. I now realize I was living real life history.

The writer in me began to document all I experienced during the last two years. I felt like Charles Dickens, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

I experienced a lot of good during lockdown. I did things I never thought I would do, like dancing in the park . It was a year with joy, sorrow and numerous surprises. I found my jaw hanging open a lot!

I am now comfortable with being surprised and shocked. This is just another way of growing and learning. I am never to old to learn.


Inspiration Challenge:

Tell me something that has shocked you.


Write On Ladies, Write On


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